Local elections 2018

We had a record number of candidates of Turkish origin in the May elections, from Enfield and West Hampstead to Croydon and Chelsea.

Congratulations to the new and returning Conservative councillors:

Havering Council – Osman Ali Dervish (Pettits)

Bexley Council –  Cafer Munur (Blackfen & Lamorbey) and Ahmet Dourmoush (Longlands)

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council – Cem Campbell Kemahlı (Royal Hospital)

Waltham Forest Council – Nick Halil Halebi and Kay Isa (Chingford Green)

All candidates had excellent campaigns and many thanks to the volunteers for giving us a hand at every stage.

Please drop us a note if you are looking to get more involved in your local council and beyond – we’d be delighted to help.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim meet in London

Prime Minister Theresa May and Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim spoke about working together to defeat terrorism, economic cooperation and human rights on 27 Nov 2017.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister welcomed Prime Minister Yildirim of Turkey to Downing Street for a bilateral meeting earlier today.

The leaders agreed on the importance of the UK-Turkey relationship and continuing efforts to deepen our cooperation.

They discussed the shared challenge we face from terrorism and the ongoing work to further enhance our already strong partnership to tackle the threat this poses to both of our countries.

They also discussed regional threats, including the importance of finding a political solution in Syria through the UN led Geneva process and ensuring a peace process that creates a stable and secure Syria inclusive of all communities. On Iraq, they welcomed progress towards defeating Daesh, and the importance of preventing fleeing Daesh fighters taking root in other countries.

On economic cooperation, they welcomed progress in recent months, including the first joint trade working group meeting earlier this month, and discussed how to enhance and improve bilateral trade ties even further, including by linking up UK and Turkish companies in high technology sectors, and the continued partnership in the defence industry.

Prime Minister May acknowledged the progress made with the recent release of Amnesty workers, and the importance of upholding human rights and the rule of law.

29 Oct Republic Day – message from the Chairman of the Conservative Party

“On this 94th year since the Republic of Turkey was founded, I bring you my warmest wishes on behalf of the Conservative Party. Across our cities, towns and villages, the British-Turkish community makes a brilliant contribution to the UK’s culture and economy. I am proud to be a friend and cherish your place in our great country.”

The Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP
Chairman of the Conservative Party

CFT holds fringe event at the Party Conference

Conservative Friends of Turkey held a reception at the Party Conference on 1 Oct 2017.

Speakers Lord Balfe and H.E. Turkish Ambassador Abdurrahman Bilgic discussed the future of economic and political relations between the UK and Turkey after Brexit.

Ambassador Bilgic said Turkey and UK have established a trade working group and they will consider all available options, including the possibility of signing a Free Trade Agreement.

Lord Balfe spoke about his decades long involvement in Turkey and EU affairs. He emphasised the importance of keeping the relationship strong and that being a friend to Turkey means being in touch with all sections of the society, e.g. delegations should involve the opposition party as well.